Reading Intervention Program

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At my school, reading interventions are making a difference, and everyone WINS! Every student in grades K-8 are placed in reading intervention groups specifically designed for their reading level, getting “What I Need – WIN” reading instruction.

Each student in grades K-5 participate in a 45-minute grade-level intervention period. During this time, students go where data dictates. Some students participate in the University of Utah STEPS program, a research-based program that includes assisted reads, word study, fluency and progress monitoring. This instruction is delivered by classroom teachers who are receiving intense training from the University of Utah Reading Clinic. Select students grade 6-8 also participate in the STEPS program during the first hour of the day.

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During the intervention period, other students are working in reading groups that focus on the specific reading skill(s) they need using strategic skill-based games. These groups give students specific, targeted practice as they participate in the essential components of reading where they may have deficits, specifically in areas such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Again, data dictates the flexible groupings found throughout each grade-level intervention.

Students that are working at benchmark or above benchmark levels are challenged with activities that take the big five of reading into production. Students use research skills to write drafts, rework, edit and then produce products. During this time, students are introduced to the implementation of reading strategies, skills and self-regulation through enrichment.

The intervention block and flexibility of groupings are further enhanced with solid reading instruction in the classroom using the Journeys and Fundations reading programs with fidelity and rounded out by the Six Traits Writing program. When a students’ needs are best met at the grade level above or below during the English Language Arts block, students move to that level for tier 1, or baseline instruction, because at Pinnacle, all students get what they need.

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Students are allowed great opportunity to practice their reading independently. Classroom and school-wide libraries, along with one-to-one iPads equipped with research-based reading apps in each classroom, provide plenty of time spent with “Eyes on Text,” — students reading at their independent reading level. Our take-home guided reading library allows students to bring home guided readers at their assessed reading levels and allow parents to be partners in the independent reading process.

My school’s Intervention Beliefs are implemented by hardworking and highly-trained teachers who work closely together to create life-long readers who have open to them a world of limitless possibility. These beliefs are: 1) Student service is our priority. 2) All students are maximized to his/her academic potential at all levels. 3) All decisions are based on data. 4) The classroom teachers are ultimately responsible for student learning. 5) Intervention supports the classroom teacher. 6) Classroom instruction must include 120 minutes of language arts. 7) Every student will receive differentiated guided reading lessons at their reading level during Tier II instruction. 8) Tier III interventions will provide all students with 45 minutes of additional differentiated instruction at their level, including enrichments, and on-level interventions for benchmark and above benchmark students. 9) The students who are at most risk will receive intervention support from certified teachers who are highly trained in the UURC Steps program. 10) Professional development and reading trainings are given to all staff involved in the intervention program. 11) The placement of students is fluid based on data and observation.


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Helping Students Understand The Main Idea

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What is the main idea of a story anyway? If your students are like mine and take the Dibels or Acadiance testing, you are familiar with the subjective testing of retell, which includes the delivery of the main idea of a story read.

Telling the main idea of a story is actually a hard concept for students to understand as it is a confusing and difficult skill, which needs to be strategically taught. After all, if it is misunderstood, students continue worksheet after worksheet — test after test to wallow in their confusion. Without promising feedback, simply trying their best at giving answers that may or may not please the subjective grader is a hopeless effort.

What is the Main Idea?

The main idea is asking the reader to state the authors purpose, what is it the author is trying to tell you? “Whenever someone tells you a story they have a reason behind it, maybe a friend played a fun game yesterday and wants to tell you about it. Knowing why a story is told and what information the teller wants to get across is important in understanding the story.” This knowledge along with the understanding of the characters, conflict, and the solution is simply put— the Main Idea of a story.

Here are some of the ways I teach my student exactly how to find the main idea of a story.

Strategy 1: Pay Attention to the Title of the Story. Author’s generally include the topic of their story in the title, especially in works of nonfiction. For example, this title gives the reader a great deal of insight: Giraffes: Towering Beauties of the Savanna. Instantly a reader knows the author believes the giraffe to be a beautiful animal that is taller than other animals (towering), and lives in the Savanna.

Strategy 2: Think As You Read: Don’t rush through your reading. Rather think about the story as you are read along, making pictures in your brain as you go. If you truly engage in the story, you are more likely to remember what you read.

Strategy 3: Find The Conflict and Action in the Story: Dig deep into the story. Think about the conflict, the action, how problems were solved. This information will give you more information into the author’s purpose in writing the story. What is it the characters learned, how did things change, how were things solved?

Strategy 4: Keep it Simple: Know that summarizing the main idea of a story is actually easier than it seems. Simply restate the title, tell the characters, setting, a brief description of the beginning (set the stage), middle (what is the problem), end (how was it solved), and you have given the main idea, or the author’s purpose.


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Webinar Followup: Providing Reading Interventions That Supports All Students

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I had a great evening presenting for the ESGI Webinar Series on a topic that is dear to my heart, “Providing Reading Interventions That Support All Students.” I loved all of the feedback, questions, and comments from viewers. (I wish I could have answered them on the spot). If you haven’t had a chance to watch the webinar, it is available by clicking on the Youtube link below.

I am excited to address all of your questions and comments. However, since there are several hundred questions, I am going to address them as quickly as possible, a few at a time on blog posts and through our podcasts. If you have immediate questions, please like us on facebook and feel free to message me directly. Yes! I will answer every question asked (with Lyndsey’s help).

Sorting the questions on a spreadsheet, (thank you Lyndsey), I will address tonight the top three questions.

“Where can I get the Reading Timeline?”

That one is actually easy to answer. You can find it in a previous post called, “What To Do When Students Are Not Getting It?”

“Where do you get the TA help?”

Luckily I have a principal that is ALL IN! I have five aides that are assigned to me the full school day to work on school wide interventions. The other TA’s working during interventions are Special Ed aides and teachers, one-on-one behavioral or SPED aides, student interns, volunteers, classroom aides and teachers. Yes, even the assistant principal helps out during an intervention or two. Many Title 1 schools use valuable dollars on coaches and such. In my school, the assistant principal is the mentor teacher and coach, freeing up valuable dollars for support staff and a Reading Specialist of oversee the program.

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That being said, I have done interventions with smaller staff sizes. The amount of staff really depends on your needs. Some schools and some grade levels simply need less intervention. Sometimes the teachers and two or so adults will be fine. Other years, I had only me! I gathered all of the parents I could. I was pleasantly surprised at how willing they all were!

Parents want the best for their students. Sometimes you just have to ask! Look to see if your community has a foster grandparent program (I had the same foster grandparent for 12 years), or a senior center filled with willing volunteers. Yep! I had a bus load brought in one hour a week to help with interventions.

Many clubs like the Kiwanis, JC’s and the Lions are looking for ways to volunteer. There are many college students looking for hours! At my local college, all students are required to do 3 hours of service a week for a mandatory class. Find out if you have this program at a college or University near you. I have had some awesome students help with interventions! High school students are looking for training opportunities. My high schools have had star tutoring programs. I simply call the school, ask for the counselor to see if any students are looking for such a placement. It takes a little creativity, but I think if your mindset is “Build It, They Will Come,” you will be surprised. And if you are extra lucky you will have an all-in principal like I have had. Sometimes you just have to ask. Maybe he/she will be excited to have a school-wide intervention program.

“What is RAZ and Waterford?”

I talked about two of my favorite reading support programs. This question is easy to answer with two quick links.

Waterford Early Learning: Run, Don’t Walk to see if you can get funds for the program. Email them and ask for Mike! Tell him Kathy sent you.

RAZ: We have found this a great way to get “Eyes on Text.” Also your students can access this program at home. Just a note, my 5 year old grandson taught me about this program and gave me an inservice on how to use it. It’s that user friendly!

And of course, grab that subscription to ESGI and use the code KIOSK to save $40 off your first year, but more importantly 400 hours!

ESGI is so awesome I wrote a song about it!


Thanks again for your attention and time. My full goal in life is to make this world a better place, one child at a time.

ESGI Webinar Series: Reading Interventions That Support All Students

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Do you have students who are still not getting it? Join Kathy Crane as she shares the why sand hows of providing reading interventions to maximize the academic potential in ALL students. Yes, you too can disaggregate data to target the needs of readers in your care!

Sign up for the free webinar here! Five lucky attendees will win a complimentary first year of ESGI! Start your free trial now to be ready to go! Click on the link, add the promo code KIOSK, and get going.

Struggling Readers and Don't Know Where to Start?

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Using ESGI and the new intervention assessments for Reading Intervention students may just be the answer you have been looking for! Do you need quick, accurate data to guide your targeted instruction? Then sign up today for your free 60 Day FULL trial using the code KIOSK. You will know exactly what your struggling readers will need! If you use this diagnostic tool, along with fluency timed-practice, you will be amazed at the growth your students will make!

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Simply log in, add your students, and then click on the test explorer. If you type INT in the search tab, intervention tests will show up automatically. There are also about 1000 other tests available if you are looking for more options.

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If you look for my name, Kathy Crane under the “Friends of ESGI” tab, you will be able to also find all of my Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade assessments that are ready for your use. ALL of my published assessments have been used on Thousands of students across the US and beyond.

Check out the video below where Melinda and Rochelle show you step-by-step how to get started with ESGI for your reading intervention, or struggling readers. YES! You will love the ease of gathering data and the professional data reports that can be gathered at an instant!

Reading Assessments For Struggling Readers

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Do you have readers that are reading below benchmark and are in need of additional help? The first, and most important step in helping these students is in gathering the necessary data you will need in order to pinpoint areas of strength and difficulty. Important data needed to determine how to move forward in your instruction. Our intervention assessments serve as an organizational tool for gathering information about language arts strengths and weaknesses. I know that sometimes it can be difficult to collect all of the necessary information in one place, and so I’ve created these ready to go assessments. This resource will help you learn more about your students and determine the focus of your targeted instruction during both classroom and intervention times.

These research-based and field-tested assessments will determine your student’s skill levels in the following areas: Blending and Segmenting, Phoneme Manipulation, CVC Words, CVCe Words, Blends, Digraphs, Vowel Digraphs, Trigraphs, Core Vowel Patterns for a e i o u, inflectional mixed endings, inconsistent spellings, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, closed multisyllabic words, Open Multisyllabic Words, and Spelling skills. *Sight Word Assessments using your own list should also be used.


Due to the frequency of assessing students at regular intervals throughout the school year, this assessment document provides a space to record information for different testing periods. Four spaces have been provided to fit semester or trimester testing.

Better yet! These assessments are available on ESGI.

Use ESGI to easily assess your students digitally, at the click of a button, and see at an instance what strategic, targeted instruction needs to be delivered to bring readers up to grade-level.

ESGI makes graphs, charts, and data analysis available with a simple click, so you can quickly adjust instruction, individualize lessons, create small groups, and report to parents and administrators. Dozens of reports are available. Click on the picture below to receive great instruction from ESGI Support on how to print and use these reports.

The Reading Kiosk (a sister blog of Kindergarten Kiosk) has numerous products that will help bring your center and/or intervention times to a new level of fun and results. Your students can be brought to grade level with unwavering advocacy, highly concentrated targeted instruction, hard work, commitment, time, and assessments to guide the way.

We pride ourselves in providing research based material that is linked to core standards and is scripted for easy use. The bulk of our activities are game-based; meant to be played at an adult-led station to provide instant feedback, differentiated instruction, and quality target instruction. The games can then be used by students at independent work stations for independent practice.


Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Assessments Also Available

If you are looking for perfect assessments for your Preschool, Kindergarten, and/or 1st grade classroom, Kindergarten Kiosk can take care of all of your needs. These assessments are field tested and are being used in tens-of-thousands of classrooms across the US and beyond. Find out about those assessments here.












Moving Beyond the Basics

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I've started on a new adventure everyone! After 25 years of working as a kindergarten teacher I'm now working as a Reading Specialist. For this new position I'll be helping students in K-6 who are behind in their reading skills. For my Kindergarten Kiosk products I've always focused on the most basic and essential skills that research shows young children need in order to become fluent readers. While I will remain focused on this, my new job requires me to start reaching beyond the basics into the next steps in phonics development.

This is where The Reading Kiosk comes in. Here I will be posting the materials that I create for my older student's to use to develop their skills -- to give them the "Reading Power" necessary to become strong, independent readers.

 I hope these materials will help you provide enrichment for your gifted kindergarten students, or help you to teach reading to older students in an explicit and fun way! I will use the same time-tested method of delivery -- scripted lessons, as is so popular in our Kindergarten Kiosk products. This method is effective for busy teachers. The teacher simply needs to briefly read the script and adapt the game as needed. Or, the lesson can be easily handed off to a teachers assistant, or volunteer with complete confidence that the objective of the game will be met.

For my first skill games, I've integrated reading instruction with winter sports (because we're all excited about those at this time of year)! In this packet, students practice reading multi-syllabic CVCCVC words while "bobsled racing", play an r-controlled vowel "hockey game", practice sentence fluency while riding "the luge", go "skating" with vowel pairs, "skiing" with inflectional endings, and practice reading fluency phrases at a winter sports competition

These lessons are fun and engaging and can be easily used during center time, in a classroom as an extension, in a homeschool, or an intervention setting. Your students will love these games! I know mine do!


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